During Summer 2021 there will be no on-campus faculty office hours or access to the main Life Science offices, as the NU building that houses faculty offices is undergoing a remodel. However, our administrative assistant, Mrs. Sandy Coates, will be available Mon-Thurs, 8am-4pm via email ( or phone (480-461-7115). Meetings with the Department Chair, Dr. Andy Baldwin, can be individually scheduled by contacting him directly at

All Life Science (Biology) courses are currently offered in fully-online formats (Online and Live Online). Some courses will be available in hybrid format starting in Fall 2021. Please refer to the 'notes' section below each course listed in the class schedule for details.

Life Science

Contact Life Science

Southern & Dobson Campus

Building: NU 6
P: 480-461-7115   F: 480-461-7599

Red Mountain Campus

Building: RDM-PV


Fall & Spring Semesters:
Mon-Thu: 8 am – 4 pm
Fri: 8 am – 3:30 pm
Closed noon - 1pm daily
Closed Sat and Sun

Summer Semester:
Mon-Thu: 7 am – 6 pm
Closed Fri, Sat and Sun

The Life Science Department offers a variety of courses to satisfy the needs of MCC students.

Most of our courses satisfy natural science requirements for various degrees here and at other institutions and are easily transferred.

Several courses prepare students for prehealth professional programs or the revolutionary, new field of biotechnology.

Mesa Community College was the first community college in the state of Arizona to offer an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and Certificate of Completion in Biotechnology.

And finally, some of our courses are designed for biology majors who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution.

Majors Courses

For students looking to major in biology and transfer to a four year university, major in a prehealth professional program, or study Biotechnology

Non-majors Courses

For students looking for individual biology courses to fulfill their laboratory science requirements

Department Faculty & Staff Contact

Sandra Coates

Administrative Specialist Sr


Andrew Baldwin, Ph.D.


Full Time Faculty - General Biology


480-461-7115 (alternate)

480-461-7599 (fax)

Elizabeth J. Csikar, Ph.D.

Full Time Faculty - Human Anatomy and Physiology

Assistant Chair, Red Mountain


480-654-7503 (alternate)

RDM-S Saguaro - Room: 259

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